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Fiscal Competition, Convergence and Agglomeration

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  • Robert Fenge
  • Maximilian Von Ehrlich
  • Matthias Wrede

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This paper analyzes the impact of fiscal competition through infrastructure in a New Economic Geography framework. It is shown that regional competition leads to convergence if the trade costs are high but induces divergence if trade cost have fallen below a certain value. Moreover, fiscal competition yields an overprovision if the trade costs are sizable while it leads to underprovision if the regions are highly integrated. Finally, a trade-off between regional convergence and efficiency arises since the efficient distribution of regional infrastructure requires full agglomeration for sufficiently low trade costs.

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  • Robert Fenge & Maximilian Von Ehrlich & Matthias Wrede, 2007. "Fiscal Competition, Convergence and Agglomeration," CESifo Working Paper Series 2084, CESifo Group Munich.
  • Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2084
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    Keywords

    fiscal competition; infrastructure; agglomeration;

    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • H87 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - International Fiscal Issues; International Public Goods
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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